Comments in Opposition to USCIS Tip Form Agency-USCIS: OMB Control Number 1615-NEW
UnidosUS responded to a USCIS proposal that would establish a concerning “Tip Line” on September 6, 2019. As we note in our comment, while a USCIS Tip Form may seem like a discreet tool to some, in practice it could serve as a vehicle to foment and enable nefarious harms against entire communities. UnidosUS believes that the USCIS Tip Form will create another avenue through which those harboring preconceived or uninformed notions about Latinos and immigrants can submit unsubstantiated and frivolous reports of perceived fraud. This is not hyperbole; according to the Department of Justice, hate crimes continue to rise in the United States, particularly crimes motivated by racial, ethnic, or religious animus. The FBI reports that hate crimes against Hispanics and Latino communities have risen nationally, despite underreporting of such incidents due to increased fear of reporting racially motivated crimes and incidents to law enforcement. We urged USCIS to withdrawal its plans to move forward with this proposal.